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Eclipse 2017! Where It Lands Near Bloomington

On August 21, the moon will totally eclipse the sun as it travels across America from west to east. Around Bloomington, people will witness a 94 percent eclipse, but LP writer and editor Dason Anderson shows many places and ways to experience this rare event — either the partial or total eclipse not far — from here. Click here to read the full story.

Two Lotus Fest Trios Offer Twists on Traditional Music

Xöömei and nyckelharpa … must be the sounds of Lotus! A meeting ground of world musical styles, the year’s Lotus Festival brings Swedish string trio Väsen and Tuvan throat singers Alash, offering an innovative twist on the traditional music of their home countries. Click here for videos and Benjamin Beane’s profiles of the bands, including an exclusive interview with Väsen.

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Stirring the Pot: A Culinary Journey, Never Straying Far from Home

Embracing someone else’s culinary traditions doesn’t have to mean letting go of your own. In this Stirring the Pot, Ruthie Cohen delights in culinary journeys inspired by world cultures and in finding the sublime — like in a delicious sour cream pound cake or the earthy simplicity of tomato soup — closer to home. Click here to read the full story.

The Importance of Pretending to Be a Dog

Troy Maynard writes about parenting and “the crazy things my kids say” in his blog, Very Vocal Viking. In his first article for Limestone Post, he reflects on his childhood anger and resentment — and how appreciation is the antidote of regret. And, of course, how he learned that from his kids. Click here to read the full story.

WonderLab’s Coral Reef Aquarium Teaches Real Science [video]

There’s something lurking under the waves at WonderLab. Its new Coral Reef Aquarium is designed to “intrigue the expert and engage the young child.” Videographer TJ Jaeger takes a closer look at how WonderLab’s fish-filled tank of fun teaches kids and parents about the importance of ocean sustainability. Click here to watch the video.

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With Invasives, an Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

A healthy environment requires native plants that interact with insects, birds, and wildlife. When invasive plants are introduced, they can quickly crowd out native species and wreak havoc on an ecosystem. Annie Corrigan, announcer and producer at WFIU Public Radio, wrote about invasive plants for her weekly radio show, Earth Eats. Click here to read the full story.

Lineup for 24th Lotus World Music Festival Announced

The lineup for the 24th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival has been announced. In the coming weeks, writer Benjamin Beane will profile some of the more prominent acts that will perform. Lotus, which Beane says “perfectly encapsulates Bloomington’s celebration of cultural diversity,” begins September 28. Click here for the provisional lineup.

Behind the Curtain: ‘As Bad As They’ [a play]

Bella Bravo’s play As Bad As They explores the darkness of opioid addiction and the impulse of nonaddicts, especially loved ones, to exert a new form of control over the addict. And it’s a comedy. In her column, Behind the Curtain, Jennifer Pacenza calls this timely play “local theater as a form of activism.” Click here to read the full story.

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Record-Breaking Attempt at Kayaking the Mississippi, Source to Sea

Michael Waterford is attempting to solo kayak the Mississippi River from source to sea faster than anyone in recorded history. If he reaches the Gulf of Mexico before July 30, he will have traveled 2,552 miles in less than 42 days, setting a new record. Read about his trip here, with updates and links to track him live.

Local Filmmaker’s Short Film Screened at Cannes

After his short film "Lost Dog" won awards at Campus MovieFest, filmmaker (and LP contributor) TJ Jaeger thought the journey had ended. But then he was invited to show his film at the 70th annual Cannes International Film Festival in France. Now he has many experiences to share. Click here to read the full story.